U.S. Republicans mull adding Trump defender Jordan to impeachment panel

Mark S. Zaid

Under procedures the House approved October 31, the Intelligence Committee will be the sole panel participating in the public hearings.

A more junior member of the committee, Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas, will step aside from the panel during impeachment proceedings to make room for Jordan, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy announced.

"Jim Jordan has been on the front lines in the fight for fairness and truth". "Specifically, I request that you sit for a closed-door deposition before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees".

A statement from McCarthy argued that the intel panel has become the "partisan impeachment committee".

In an interview with the Associated Press Friday during a three-day visit to Morocco, the senior Trump adviser and first daughter said that unlike her father, she finds the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment inquiry "not particularly relevant". Jordan (R-Ohio) is the highest Republican on the Home Oversight Committee and is understood for hostile questioning of witnesses and garnering media consideration.

Jordan and Meadows take a seat on the Oversight Committee, whereas New York's Zeldin serves on the International Family members Committee. Whereas Rep. Adam Schiff turned the general public face for the Democrats in impeachment as chair of the Intelligence Committee, Republicans relied on Jordan, Rep. Mark Meadows and Rep.


"We'll see if he gives us any of our witnesses", Jordan told reporters on Thursday.

The whistleblower filed a complaint over the July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, where he expressed a desire to have Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and Hunter Biden, his son.

Their testimony follows the release the transcripts of several other witnesses who testified for the probe last month, including Taylor, who described an "informal" channel of communication between USA officials regarding Ukraine policy, which focused heavily on how to get Ukraine to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The public phase of impeachment kicks off with the first open hearing on Wednesday.

Republican Trump has denied wrongdoing and accused Democrats of unfairly targeting him in hope of reversing his surprise victory in the 2016 presidential election. "So everything is in the transcript", Trump said, while claiming that she hasn't been reading transcripts of depositions current and former administration officials in the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

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